Best for Vets: Franchises 2017

Best for Vets: Franchises 2017

The story | The methodology

We invited franchise brands across the country to complete a rigorous survey telling us about their companies as well as their accommodations for service members and veterans. The rankings were created based on the answers provided to questions about the company's culture, the performance of franchise units, the costs associated with franchising, and the financial and other support offered to veteran and active-duty service members and their families. We also considered information from franchise disclosure documents.

2015 franchised units 3-year continuity rate 3-year growth rate
Rank Brand Industry or service Franchising since Overall Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned Overall Vet-owned Initial investment Franchise fee discount Startup cost discount Royalty or similar fee Royalty discount Reservist help
1 CruiseOne / Dream Vacations Travel 1992 1,010 323 85% 89% 31% 138% $3,245-$21,850 20% -- 1.5%-3% 1 -- Deferred costs and management assistance
2 Color Glo International Repair/maintenance 1982 80 15 79% 94% -3% 15% $56,300-$61,375 10% 10% 4% 2 -- Management assistance
3 Marco’s Pizza Quick service or fast food restaurant 1978 674 27 95% 100% 111% 145% $224,092-$549,092 $5,000 -- 5.5%-6% -- --
4 Boulder Designs Signage/stone products 2008 67 12 77% 92% -14% 71% $74,095-$93,195 $2,500 -- $495/mo. 2, 3 25% Management assistance
5 Snap-on Tools Automotive/motor vehicles/parts 1990 3,295 386 82% 75% 2% -5% $166,847-$319,547 -- $20,000 $110/mo. -- --
6 Batteries Plus Bulbs Retail 1992 674 80 98% 99% 23% 21% $211,552-$406,759 $10,000 -- 5% -- --
7 Budget Blinds Home décor and kitchen 1994 931 54 95% 93% 29% 315% $99,240-$202,070 $35,000 -- $300-$1,500/mo. -- --
8 ACFN Banking/financial services 2003 227 40 80% 80% 18% 29% $39,385-$64,770 $1,000 -- none 4 no fee --
9 Juice It Up! Quick service or fast food restaurant 1998 83 5 83% 100% 1% 25% $249,550-$343,726 $15,000 -- 6% 2 -- --
10 Two Men and a Truck Moving services 1989 247 51 99% 100% 25% 50% $74,000-$590,500 10% no fee 6% -- --
11 Right at Home Health care/health services 2000 432 38 95% 83% 61% 100% $77,200-$133,400 10% -- 5% -- --
12 Great Harvest Franchising Food 1979 184 7 82% 88% -6% 250% $113,470-$642,004 15% no fee 4%-7% -- --
13 Transworld Business Advisors Business brokerage 1987 415 no data 87% no data 4% no data $94,298-$272,270 10%-50% 10% 2%-6% -- --
14 HomeVestors of America Real estate/property management 1996 660 39 83% 72% 147% 225% $81,000-$347,250 10% -- 0.8%-3% 5 -- --
15 Surface Specialists Construction 1982 43 7 98% 88% 2% -13% $43,200-$56,000 20% -- 5% 2 -- --
16 Line-X Automotive/motor vehicles/parts 1999 536 96 92% 99% 1% 16% $118,001-$279,522 $7,500 -- none 6 no fee --
17 Signal 88 Security 2008 123 75 90% 81% 54% 50% $73,000-$268,400 $4,500 -- 4% -- --
18 Tailored Living Hardware/home improvement 2006 148 6 92% 67% 56% no data $131,130-$269,495 $10,000 -- $300-$2,000/mo. -- --
19 CertaPro Painters Repair/maintenance 1992 330 36 84% 97% 3% 29% $134,750-$169,500 10% -- 5% 2 -- --
20 IKOR Health care/health services 2000 12 1 60% 100% -14% no data $83,200-$135,833 10% -- 8% -- --
21 Sparkle Wash International Pressure washing/restoration 1967 82 4 77% 100% -22% 0% $77,950-$105,950 $5,000 -- 4%-6% 2 -- --
22 The UPS Store Retail 2003 4,433 302 96% 100% 4% 28% $130,849-$434,521 $10,000 -- 5% -- --
23 TSS Photography Art/photography/journalism 1983 200 23 67% 59% -24% 28% $20,550-$74,275 10%-20% -- none 4 no fee --
24 Mr. Handyman Hardware/home improvement 2000 195 17 87% 100% 5% 55% $106,500-$138,100 15% -- 7% 2 -- --
25 NaturaLawn of America Environmental 1989 76 2 96% 100% 13% 0% $42,500-$112,650 $10,000 -- 7%-15% -- --
26 IceBorn Vending 2012 37 no data 88% no data 650% no data $27,095-$213,500 50% -- 6% 1st year waived --
27 Mr. Appliance Appliance/electronics 1996 189 31 77% 89% 35% 63% $60,800-$139,515 15% -- 7% 2 -- Deferred costs
28 Molly Maid Hardware/home improvement 1984 470 38 96% 100% 7% 19% $89,200-$137,200 15% -- 3%-6.5% 2 -- --
29 Real Property Management Real estate/property management 2005 269 19 88% 100% 24% 46% $79,875-$103,875 10% -- 7% 2 -- --
30 Spring-Green Lawn Care Corp. Landscaping 1980 135 5 97% no data 16% no data $106,047 $5,000 -- 8%-10% -- --
31 National Property Inspections Real estate/property management 1987 219 33 81% 79% 3% 3% $43,200-$47,000 15% -- 8% 2 -- Deferred costs
32 Coverall Repair/maintenance 1985 8,871 798 81% 86% 12% -3% $16,839-$49,401 10% -- 5% -- Deferred costs
33 Homewatch CareGivers Health care/health services 1996 221 13 86% 59% 12% -24% $87,000-$137,400 10% -- 5% -- --
34 The Grounds Guys Landscaping 2010 173 32 76% 71% 151% 68% $73,470-$200,070 15% -- 7% 2 -- --
35 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Restaurant 1997 475 15 94% no data 41% 150% $210,550-$478,550 50% -- 6% -- --
36 Unishippers Global Logistics Services/corporate business-to-business 1988 219 no data 80% no data -14% no data $45,024-$1,178,791 20% -- 15%-18.5% 2 -- --
37 Visiting Angels Managed care 1998 508 no data 95% no data 18% no data $66,750-$107,500 10% -- 2%-3.5% 2 -- --
38 Liberty Tax Service Retail 1997 3,739 no data 72% no data -2% no data $58,700-$71,900 20% -- 14% 2 -- --
39 AireServ Heating, ventilation, air conditioning 1992 173 28 73% 82% 19% 33% $82,600-$206,400 15% -- 5%-7% 2 -- --
40 Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Retail 1986 4,504 20 84% no data -14% no data $44,721-$105,375 20% no fee 5%-15% 2 no data --
41 Young Rembrandts Franchise Education/teaching/administration 2001 90 5 85% 71% 11% 25% $41,250-$48,120 10% -- 8%-10% 2 -- --
42 Rainbow International Repair/maintenance 1981 278 25 72% 89% 1% 47% $171,675-$278,100 15% -- 4%-8% 2 -- --
43 Aire-Master of America Manufacturing 1976 105 19 88% 7 86% 14% 7 -5% $39,584-$142,400 10% -- 5% 2 -- --
  • 1 Cap on maximum royalty fees
  • 2 Minimum royalty fees apply
  • 3 $395/month for first year
  • 4 No royalty, but other types of fees apply
  • 5 Transaction fee
  • 6 Must pay for and use Line-X products; otherwise 5 percent to 12 percent royalties apply.
  • 7 Based on information from 2016 franchise disclosure document